The Carnival Splendor was on route from San Diego to Mexico on Monday when a fire broke out in the engine room. The Miami based company states that no one was hurt in the fire, however the ship is now using their auxiliary power supply. The ship is now being towed by the US Coast Guard along with the Mexican tugboats into port in Mexico. The location of the fire is known however questions are now arising about the cause of the Carnival Splendor fire.
Once landing in Mexico passengers and staff will then be bused back to California. The cruise ship will be towed once again back to port, also in California, which will take several days. The ship is expected to arrive in Mexico no earlier than Wednesday night. Carnival Cruise Lines has stated that guests will receive refunds and will also be reimbursed for other expenses brought on by the cruise ship fire.
Debuting in July 2008 the Splendor is one of the largest in the Carnival fleet second only to the Carnival Dream. Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill expressed his sincere apology on Monday to all of the people on the ship. Stating that “this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience”. Due to the Carnival Splendor fire the 113, 300 ton ship, which generally departs weekly form Los Angeles, may be out of commission.